You Waste A Lot Of Time At Work
- Just because you're at work doesn't mean you're getting work done. You're drowning in email, stuck in dead-end meetings, and constantly interrupted. When do you have time to do any real work? Don't worry. You're
- Excessive email: Are you always trying to reach inbox zero? Over-reliance on email to collaborate with your team is costing you precious time and money.
- Pointless meetings: Is your workday packed with unproductive meetings? Time spent together is not always time spent getting work done.
- Constant interruptions: It started with a tap on the shoulder. Two conversations, four emails, and half a travel blog later, you come to. What were you working on again?
Culprit #1: Email
- 304 weekly business emails received on average.
- 36 times the average employee checks their email in an hour.
- 16 minutes spent refocusing after handling incoming email.
- 10 IQ points lost when fielding constant email, the same as missing an entire night's sleep.
- Annual productivity costs per employee: 1) Spam - $1250; 2) Emails (unnecessary) - $1800; 3) Poorly written communications - $2100 to $4100.
Culprit #2: Meetings
- 62 meetings attended monthly, by most employees.
- 1/2 meetings considered time wasted.
- 31 hours spent in unproductive meetings over a month.
- The average meeting goer: 1) Daydreamed during meetings - 91%; 2) Missed meetings - 96%; 3) Slept during a meeting - 39%; 4) Felt overwhelmed by the number of meetings they attended - 45%; 5) Did other work
in meetings - 73%; 6) Complained that meetings were the #1 time-waster at the office - 47%.
- Salary cost of unnecessary meetings for US businesses - $37 billion.
Culprit #3: Interruptions
- 56 interruptions a day for the average employee.
- 3 minutes spent working before the average employee switches tasks.
- 2 hours spent recovering from distractions per day.
- 80% interruptions at work are considered trivial.
- 60% or less of work time is actually spent productively.